INCYDER, Comprehensive Tool for Cyber Security Research Launched

The brand new web-based INCYDER (International Cyber Developments Review) database is now open to public for free. The portal, developed and hosted by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, combines a thorough database of relevant legal and policy documents adopted by international organisations active in cyber security as well as news on developments in the area.

“As lawyers in the field of cyber defence, my colleagues and I have found that even the main regulatory documents are scattered all over the internet, and it is often very time consuming to find the right references,” explained LTC Jan Stinissen, a law and policy researcher from the Netherlands at the Centre. “So INCYDER is a practical research tool we have been missing. It can also be useful for many others in government, international organisations, academia, and industry.” LTC Stinissen highlighted that the website will be updated periodically to keep abreast with the constant changes in international organisations’ legal and policy initiatives.

The Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is a NATO-accredited multinational organisation dealing with research and development, education, consultation and lessons learned in the field of cyber security. The Centre’s mission is to enhance capability, cooperation and information sharing among NATO, NATO member nations and Partners in cyber defence. INCYDER, the International Cyber Developments Review aims to serve as a central hub for easy access to the wide range of different legal and policy instruments of international organisations that make up the contemporary domain of cyber security. The searchable collection of documents has a full text search option and is periodically updated.

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Resercher: We Always Value Accurate and Comprehensive Sources

Henry Rõigas, policy researcher at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

“A researcher always values accurate and comprehensive sources. This is even more the case if one is trying to grasp an interdisciplinary and a constantly changing topic such as cyber security in this day and age of seemingly unlimited information. For these reasons, I think that our new interactive database INCYDER comes very much in handy. The tool has a frequently updated collection of everything relevant when one wants to see what international organisations are doing in cyber security: it has cyber-specific descriptions of 15 organisations; a collection of ca 150 relevant legal and policy documents; and a section with news items. By combining these elements, we aimed to provide both detailed data to specialists and an informative overview to those who are perhaps not yet familiar with the cyber-related international developments in law and policy.”